Let's face it - Valentine's Day is a big deal to a lot of people. It's the perfect occasion to initiate new relationships or to rekindle the romance. Commonly, Valentine's day marks the date of marriage proposals, romantic dinners, chocolates and tons of floral bouquets. If you're looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day at a local romantic getaway, here are 5 ridiculously romantic date ideas in New Jersey!

 1. Share the Romance of a Horse Drawn Carriage



Share one of the most romantic ideas of all time with your date on a horse and carriage ride. Whether you're planning a Valentine's Day proposal or looking for a perfectly elegant and unique experience that you and your valentine can share, KVCarriage of New Jersey is ready to make your romantic date special.



2. Go Ice Skating with an Amazing View



Skip the long lines and huge crowds at the rinks in the city. As the Hudson River waterfront's only outdoor ice skating rink, Newport Skates offers amazing Manhattan views amid its gorgeous city surroundings. You and your Valentine's Day date can skate away while taking in the beautiful sights then perhaps head to one of the amazing local Jersey City restaurants along the Hudson.


3. Book a Romantic Package at a Local Resort



Why face the tolls and traffic of New York City and Philadelphia or head all the way to the Poconos for a romantic weekend when there's everything you need here New Jersey? If you're looking for the whole combo - beautiful views, mountains, spa, luxury and more, we recommend the new Grand Cascades Lodge at North Jersey's amazing Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. South Jerseyans in search of the perfect romantic all-around experience should take advantage of the Pool at Harrah’s Resort for a unique indoor oasis, a relaxing and romantic spa package at Borgata.

4. Bask in the sights on a Romantic Cruise



Take your Valentine on a landmark tour full of breathtaking views of the New York City skyline on the Spirit of New Jersey cruise! Spend the evening aboard the festive Spirit and you and your sweetheart can enjoy great food, entertainment, dancing, amazing views and strolls beneath the stars. No need to worry about February's cold temperatures - the Spirit has warm and lovely climate-controlled decks, creating the perfect ambiance to make the holiday special for you and your Valentine.

5. Experience the Art of Wine Together



Due to its great climate, New Jersey is packed with some of the best wineries in the country. We recommend spending the holiday weekend at New Jersey's very first winery to produce chocolate wine, Laurita Winery. Based in New Egypt, Laurita Winery is the perfect setting to impress your loved one. The Valentine's Day package at Laurita Winery includes a wonderful four-course romantic dinner, live piano music and of course - access to the winery's full wine list including their famous "chocolate therapy" wine and strawberry dessert wines. Don't want to drive home? Laurita has its own beautiful Inn!


If you had to pick New Jersey's most romantic date, where would you go? What would you do? Share below in the comments!